Frequently Asked Questions

 

Should students start with an acoustic or electric guitar?

This is subjective. Basically everything that can be played on an electric can be played on an acoustic as well. There are advantages to starting on both an electric and an acoustic. Electric guitars have lighter gauge strings and are strung with less tension making it easier to finger the notes properly, and subsequently, starting on an acoustic develops more left hand strength.

Portability is important too. An acoustic can be taken most places with ease, whereas an electric is not as portable due to its dependence on an amplifier, leads, power etc. The style of music that the student likes/would like to play is an important factor also. If the student likes Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal, they are best off with an electric guitar. Conversely, if the student likes classical, ballads, soft acoustic artists, they will prefer an acoustic guitar.

 

What common mistakes should I try to avoid when starting?

When beginning to play the guitar, there are a number of problems that people face. Things like posture, thumb positioning, and trying to play something without properly understanding it are among the most common. This is where a teacher will help to make sure you are learning the correct way to play and not developing any bad habits that may take months to “un-learn” later on.

The most common cause of these problems is students not being patient. To play things properly takes time, patience, and discipline, and cannot be rushed. Learning to set your frustration aside and slow things down, whilst making sure you are playing accurately and in time, is one of the best things a beginner can do. Remember the old saying “you must walk before you can run”, the same applies with guitar.

 

What is guitar TAB?/Do I need to learn to read music?

Guitar tab (tablature) is a way of notating/reading music for guitar, without actually having to learn to read music. Guitar is one of the few instruments where it is definitely not essential to be able to read music in order to be an extremely competent musician. The majority of guitarists cannot read music, but instead read tab.

Tab is a way of notating guitar music, which is much easier to read, and quicker to learn than traditional music notation. There are some pitfalls in tab, however taking into account its simplistic style and ease to learn, it is an invaluable tool to have for any guitarist.

Whether or not to learn music sight reading depends on the individual. If it is something they find interesting and think they will utilize in the future, then it would be recommended-however is not essential.

 

How often should I practice?

This may seem obvious but the more you practice, the better you’ll be! Remember that practice is cumulative, so even fifteen minutes a day works out to be over 90 hours of practice in a year.

Small amounts of regular practice can make a big difference to your playing. This means rather than cramming a two hour practice session in on Sunday, you are better off putting in 15 minutes per day throughout the week for better results (however, if you still have the two hours free on Sunday, do it as well!!).

Most importantly, only practice while it’s still enjoyable. If you are struggling with something, and are genuinely frustrated and annoyed (we’ve all been there), put the guitar down, stop torturing yourself and come back later. Remember, guitar is meant to be fun!!!

 

How much do guitar lessons cost?

Adam's charges vary according to lesson duration.

20mins $20

30mins $25

45mins $35

60mins $45

Ideal lesson length depends on the person. Usually for new students 1/2 an hour is ideal (although 20mins can work for some younger students). More advanced players can generally absorb more information due to their knowledge of the foundations, and as a result can benefit from 45-60min lessons.

 

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